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  1. Olli Juolevi | D

    No, Lidstrom wasn't even close to being as good as Orr. Not even remotely close. That's like comparing Yzerman to Gretzky... both great players but come on. Orr is basically Peak Karlsson's offense meets a combination of Doughty/Vlasic defensively with a dash of Weber's toughness; essentially the perfect player. Hell, I'd argue that Lidstrom isn't even a top 3 defenseman of all time (Harvey, Shore, and Bourque ahead of him).
  2. Olli Juolevi | D

    Next year, we will likely see Pettersson, Gaudette, Demko and Juolevi make the team. No one else has a real chance, unless we draft Dahlin, Svechnikov or Zadina. That's a significant but not overwhelming injection of youth. There's a likelyhood they start OJ in the AHL but I don't think it will be because there are already too many rookies.
  3. Olli Juolevi | D

    That's only true if you draft generational (Crosby, OV) or super-elite talent (Malkin, Matthews, etc.) and, event then, most young teams start competing for the playoffs when their star talent are already finished their ELCs. Contenders usually benefit from ELCs by fitting them into a situation where they are already isolated with talent and are able to impact the team on a below-value contract. That's not the case with the Canucks. The young players are the only talent here.
  4. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    Svechnikov is clearly the better player here. The only reason it is close, in some people's eyes, is because of Svechnikov's injury. Svechnikov is a more dynamic goalscorer, who can put the puck in the net in a variety of ways, while Zadina is a pure sniper. As such, Svechnikov drives the play more than Zadina and relies less on his center to dish him the puck. That said, we would be lucky to have either.
  5. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    I would find it very hard to believe that teams would have Tkachuk ranked over Svechnikov, especially with the later's crazy hot streak in the OHL. Svechnikov is scoring a goal per game. Not to mention, he plays a pretty heavy, gritty game himself (albeit not on the level of Tkachuk). Luckily, I don't think you have to worry about Benning passing on him. IMO, this draft has a clear #1 and #2 and everything after that is up in the air.
  6. 2018 NHL Entry Draft

    After Dahlin and Svechnikov, it's an open field. Any one of Tkachuk, Zadina, or Boqvist could go third. By draft day, someone like Bouchard or Dobson could even work their way into the equation
  7. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Florida Panthers

    Benning hasn’t started the rebuild? Are you serious? The Canucks are a terrible team with the best prospect pool in the NHL, on their way to another high draft pick. Exactly as planned. What more are you expecting?
  8. Best prospect pool in the NHL. So, uh, fire Benning everyone?
  9. Is Brock a Generational Talent?

    Bossy, Potvin and Trottier are all top 50 players in NHL history. They might not be Gretzky/Crosby-level superstars but they were definitely superstars. If Brock comes anywhere close to Bossy, he'll be the best player the Canucks have ever had. But I won't pretend I too haven't made that same comparison. Bossy was incredible.
  10. Kole Lind | RW

    So because Bo Horvat would be the third best center on a team with a generational superstar and one of the best Russians in history, that makes him a third line center? Hmm, well, if Malkin is playing on the second line because he's not as good as Crosby, does that make him a second line center? Last season, Bo Horvat was 41st in production from centers. If he's top 60 amongst all of the centers in the NHL, wouldn't that make him a top six player? Me thinks you might need to revisit your "logic" there, pal.
  11. Jake Virtanen | #18 | RW

    The kid makes close to a million dollars a year. I'd say there's a better chance you'd be serving him Timbits and hash browns than the other way around.
  12. Eriksson and Edler? Do We Really Need Them?

    Eriksson is such a waste of skin out there. That 6 shmill could have been thrown at Kane this offseason or OEL the next. Edler will be off the books soon enough, so no need to worry there.
  13. Elias Pettersson | C/RW

    I'm not sure what games you were watching but Pettersson was better than Andersson and most certainly Nylander. Nylander was quite disappointing, throughout the tournament.
  14. Stealth-Renovation Is 96% Ready For Inspection!

    Not really, since we're already near the top of the NHL's organizational rankings. We have elite prospects at every position (Pettersson, Demko, Juolevi) who, along with Gaudette, are all top 50 prospects. We also boast depth that this organization hasn't seen in forever, with Lind, Gadjovich, Dipietro, etc. all developing nicely. Outside of maybe Philly, I can't think of too many teams I'd rank above the Canucks.